Two Million Crib Recall: Evenflo, Child Craft Among Seven Companies
The crib companies and the number of cribs involved in each of the recalls are as follows:
- Evenflo, 750,000 Jenny Lind models
- Delta Enterprise Corp., 747,000 drop-side cribs, plus every model that uses a wood stabilizer bar
- LaJobi, 306,000 Bonavita, Babi Italia and ISSI brand cribs
- Million Dollar Baby, 156,000 cribs
- Jardine Enterprises, 130,000 cribs sold exclusively by Toys R Us/Babies R Us
- Simmons Juvenile Products Inc., 50,000 cribs
- Child Craft, two recalls involving drop-side and stationary side cribs (total unknown because the company is out of business)
Each of the companies involved in the latest recalls -- including Child Craft, whose name was purchased after the company went under -- will provide either a kit to immobilize the drop-side of the cribs or some other repair to make the cribs safer, the CPSC said. The companies should be contacted directly. The recalled cribs were made between 2000 and 2009.
Since 2001, drop-side cribs have been implicated in the deaths of 32 infants and toddlers and are suspected in 14 others. Improper assembly and hardware failure can cause the drop-side of the cribs to dislodge, creating a gap in which a baby can be smothered or strangled.
Since November, crib brands Graco, Simplicity, C&T International, Golden Baby, Sorrelle, Generation2, ChildESIGNS, Dorel and Stork Craft have all issued recalls.
Wolfson said he realizes the public is getting overwhelmed with the sheer number of crib recalls.
"We understand the frustrations that parents have expressed in hearing about all these recalls," he said.
The agency has been working on a new set of rules for how cribs must be made that would effectively ban drop-side cribs. CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum told Consumer Ally in an interview earlier this year that she is committed to getting those standards in place by year's end.
Because of all the recalls and attention to safety issues with drop-side cribs -- once the most popular type of crib in American homes -- manufacturers have mostly stopped making them and big retailers, such as Toys R Us/Babies R Us, will no longer sell them.
"The solution is not to simply do recalls. The solution is a new strong standard that brings a new generation of cribs to retail stores that parents can have confidence in," Wolfson said.
Concerned about all these recalls? Check out our list of things parents and caregivers should consider to ensure the safety of young ones in cribs.
In addition, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is promoting its crib safety program that includes providing free kits to any consumer who wants to prevent the drop-sides of their cribs from detaching.
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